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Altered Books: Book Boxes

with Molly Meng

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About The Class

find new purpose in old books.

Book boxes are a classic way to store small treasures, and making boxes is great way to upcycle old books. In Altered Books: Book Boxes with Molly Meng, you’ll learn how to collect, convert, and add, you’ll learn how to collect, convert, and add new functions to hardbound tomes. 

Molly is an artist, teacher, and storyteller. She owns and designs cards for the hand-crafted greeting card company 8mm Ideas. In this class she’ll share her expertise in repurposing antiquated books. 

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Select the perfect book to convert  
  • Gut the book, break the spine, and create a simple box frame  
  • Use collage to create color and story  
  • Create both simple and more complex book boxes  

You’ll also learn about the tools that will make the job easier and Molly will share future project ideas for the paper you remove.  

Book boxes are infused with an air of mystery – learn how to make your own magical repository in Altered Books: Book Boxes with Molly Meng. 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction & Materials Overview

  2. 02

    Choosing the Books

  3. 03

    Gutting the Books

  4. 04

    Building a Simple Box

  5. 05

    Basics of Collage

  6. 06

    Constructing the Box

  7. 07

    Finishing the Walls and Corners

  8. 08

    Collaging the Cover

  9. 09

    Building more Complex Boxes


Meet Your Expert

Molly Meng

Molly Meng, an artist, teacher, and storyteller as well as designer and owner of the greeting card business, 8mm Ideas.  ... read more

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  • user-cea155

    February 2016

    I learned so many things by watching this class that I always wanted to know. Molly gives great detailed instructions and fascinating suggestions for what you can do with these boxes. I got the sense that she is incredibly excited about doing this and it makes me want to do it to. It sparked a lot of ideas for me even though I doubt I will do exactly what she demonstrates.

  • Mia Reeves

    July 2016

    I love the clear step by step directions. I also love the fact that she uses pretty basic tools and materials. The possibilities for creating some very unique book boxes all start here!

  • Robin Jordan

    Robin Jordan

    October 2019

    Fun and easy to understand. She paced just perfect as well. Bravo!

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